England name team to face Scotland

England name team to face Scotland

Steve Borthwick has named the England side who will take on Scotland this weekend in their Guinness Six Nations opener.

England will host Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 4 February (4.45pm KO).

Ollie Hassell-Collins will make his England debut at left wing.  Max Malins returns to the side at right wing and Freddie Steward is full back.

Owen Farrell will captain the side at inside centre and Joe Marchant comes in at outside centre.  Marcus Smith is at fly-half with Jack van Poortvliet at scrum half.

In the front row vice-captain Ellis Genge joins Kyle Sinckler at prop and hooker Jamie George.

Maro Itoje and Ollie Chessum start at lock.  Ben Curry will make his second appearance for England at open-side flanker, alongside Lewis Ludlam.  Alex Dombrandt completes the XV at No. 8.

Jack Walker is in line to make his England debut after being named as substitute.  Anthony Watson could also make his first England appearance following injury since March 2021.

Dan Cole is also named as substitute and could earn his 96th Test cap.  They are joined by Mako Vunipola, Nick Isiekwe, Ben Earl, Ben Youngs and Ollie Lawrence.

15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 17 caps)
14. Max Malins (Saracens, 14 caps)
13. Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 13 caps)
12. Owen Farrell (Saracens, 101 caps) (C)
11. Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, uncapped)
10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 17 caps)
9. Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 7 caps)
1. Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 43 caps) (VC)
2. Jamie George (Saracens, 72 caps)
3. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 56 caps)
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 62 caps)
5. Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 5 caps)
6. Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 14 caps)
7. Ben Curry (Sale Sharks,1 cap)
8. Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 9 caps)
16. Jack Walker (Harlequins, uncapped)
17. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 74 caps)
18. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 95 caps)
19. Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, 8 caps)
20. Ben Earl (Saracens, 13 caps)
21. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 121 caps)
22. Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby, 7 caps)
23. Anthony Watson (Leicester Tigers, 51 caps)

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